Archive for the ‘Art Competitions’ Category

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, Call for Entries for “THE BICYCLE: Art Meets Form” – Deadline July 26, 2019

June 14, 2019

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, is pleased to host its annual juried art exhibit titled “THE BICYCLE: Art Meets Form” opening August 27th and on view until October 4th, 2019. This is the fourth year for the exhibit and it will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Bobby Labonte Foundation Charity Bike Ride ( in downtown High Point. The Opening Reception will be held on September 5th from 5:30 – 7:30pm at TAG. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibition will feature original works of art by artists from across the US and all of the art must relate in some way to bicycles or cycling. Interested artists will find the Entry Procedure for submitting art work and additional information at ( or by calling the TAG office at 336/887-2137. Prizes will be awarded during the Opening Reception on September 5th for First Place:  $500, Second Place:  $250, and Third Place:  $100.

Work by Lee Casey, 1st Place from 2018 event

The deadline for entries is July 26, 2019.

Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave., in High Point, NC. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon-5pm.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Flat Rock, NC, Calls for Entries for “16th annual Bring Us Your Best Art Exhibition” – Deadline July 30, 2019

June 14, 2019

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Flat Rock, NC, is making a call for artists to enter “Bring Us Your Best XVI”, an all media visual art exhibition, which will open with an awards reception on August 2, from 5-7pm. Regional visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in “Bring Us Your Best”, now in its sixteenth year. The popular exhibition will be co-hosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building. Entries will be received on Monday, July 29, and Tuesday, July 30, from 10am to 4pm both days.

A juried and judged competition, “Bring Us Your Best XVI” offers $3,350 in cash prizes and gift certificates in four categories: 2D, 3D, fine craft, and photography. A new cash prize will be offered this year, the Chrysalis Award, which will be given to encourage emerging artists who are new to showing their work. Three $100 Chrysalis prizes will be awarded based on excellence in design and execution, as well as potential, in any medium. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories. In addition, the Artist’s Choice Award of $300 will be announced during the opening reception, and will be selected by the artists who have work in the show. Ten Honorable Mention awards will also be presented.

Work by Molly Angel, 1st Place winner from 2018

The winner of the One Planet, One World award sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville will be announced at the opening reception. The $250 cash prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

All gallery visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the end of the show. Sponsored by The Starving Artist Art Supply and Framing Shop, the winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist.

“Bring Us Your Best XVI” will be on display weekdays from 10am to 4pm from Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 16, 2019. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and accessible to all. All artwork will be for sale.

Artists can find the prospectus with information for entering the show on the Arts Council’s website (, or by contacting the Arts Council by e-mail at ( or calling 828/693-8504.

“Bring Us Your Best XVI” is sponsored in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, the Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville. Other sponsors for prizes include the following artists: Walter Arnold, John Patrick McAfee, Karen Eve Bayne, and Peter Gollup.

For more information please contact the Arts Council by e-mail at ( or call 828/693-8504.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 2700A Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC, 28731.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Art in Bloom Gallery and theArtWorks™ in Wilmington, NC, Call for Entries “Art of the Image ’19” – Deadline June 30, 2019

June 12, 2019

We’re excited to collaborate on this event with Art in Bloom. It will be an awesome opportunity for artists who work in the photographic medium to exhibit their art! We even have entrants all the way from Nairobi! If you know who would be interested, please share.

“Art of the Image ’19” is a juried photographic media competition and exhibition designed to celebrate the medium of photography and its cultural influence by engaging the photography community with a showing of exceptional photo-based works of art. Any original work of art with a primary focus on the photographic medium, utilizing traditional and non-traditional processes, will be considered for the selection process.

Juror will be Beth Handler Riebe, PhD, Independent Curator and Art Consultant. Riebe worked in the NYC art world for twenty years, with curatorial stints at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Paula Cooper Gallery. She served as an art consultant to Donald B. Marron (one of ARTnews’ top 200 collectors). Beth received a BA from Oberlin College, and an MA and a PhD from Yale University, with all three degrees in art history. She is a former Trustee of the Cameron Art Museum and occasionally teaches art history at UNCW.

For Prospectus and to enter online visit (

Entry deadline is June 30, 2019.

$20 Entry Fee (for up to 2 entries) and $5 per additional entry (unlimited).

Exhibition Date: Aug. 2 – Sept. 15, 2019, exhibited at Verrazzano Gallery, a 7200+ sq.ft., gallery and event space located in theArtWorks™ in Wilmington, NC.

South Carolina Watermedia Society Calls for Entries for Its “2019 SCWS Annual National Exhibition” – Deadline August 4, 2019

June 10, 2019

The South Carolina Watermedia Society’s “2019 SCWS Annual National Exhibition” will take place from Nov. 2 – Dec. 20, 2019, at the Francis Marion University Place, 142 North Dargan Street in Florence, SC 29506.

Eligibility and Entry
The call for entries for the “2019 SCWS Annual National Exhibition” is now open! All paid SCWS members may receive one entry at no cost, and one additional entry may be submitted for $20. (You will receive a separate e-mail with a discount code for free entry.) Non-members may enter for $50. SCWS accepts online entries only via CaFE, where you can log into an existing profile or create a new one. Then you can upload artwork as a digital file and enter the call.

The call for entries closes August 4, 2019. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.

Ryan Fox is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as five state & regional societies — Georgia, Illinois, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and North Carolina (GWS, IWS, NEWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC). Fox has won awards in The American Watercolor Society (AWS), Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Missouri Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS), and Watercolor Society of North Carolina juried shows. His work has been featured in “Watercolor Artist”, “Art of Watercolour”, and “Splash 15, 16, 19 and 20” hardcover books published by F+W Media. His instructional DVDs are marketed by Creative Catalyst Productions. You can view his work online at (

Complete details and instructions are available on the SCWS website. We look forward to receiving your entry at this link (

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Participation in the 34th Annual Sculpture Celebration Taking Place on Sept. 7, 2019

June 10, 2019

Subject: Call for Sculpture Artists – 34th Annual Sculpture Celebration

Who: Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, North Carolina

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9am– 4pm.

Where: T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Drive, Lenoir, NC

Cost: $50-80 (Discounts available for early registration)

Work by Betty Branch

The Caldwell Arts Council announces the 34th annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC, on Saturday September 7, 2019 at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, North Carolina.

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, along with potential sales and commissions.

Folks viewing a work by Stefan Bonitz

This annual event attracts sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir, NC. Last year, over 4,000 people attended the family-friendly celebration.

Early registration discounts are available. For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council by calling 828/754-2486, e-mail to (, or visit (

SC Watermedia Society Announces Award Winners of the “2019 Spring Digital Show”

June 8, 2019

From the Juror, Kim Minichiello:

“I would like to thank the South Carolina Watermedia Society for the invitation to judge your Spring Digital Show! It was an honor spending time with the variety of high caliber work submitted. It always amazes me how the same tools at everyone’s disposal yield different visions of each artist, and their feelings and passions come forth in their work.”

“With a background in design, I’m always looking for good design and composition in a work. I also like to be surprised, for instance when someone submits a work that seems to break the guidelines of a good composition and it still works in the painting. I also look for good value structure and for the balance of darks, lights and mid-tones to be thoughtfully placed. Of course, who doesn’t like to be wowed? That is factor too. When I can feel an emotional connection or what the artist was trying to say — as well as wanting to know more behind the story of a painting — those are works I contemplate for a while. I also consider technicality, does the artist really know how to handle this wonderful medium that is watercolor or watermedia? The really nitpick-y things I like to see in a painting are variations of color temperature, variety in a passage, lost and found edges, and as I mentioned before, good value placement. With all that being said, the design and composition have to be strong to begin with.”

“Thank you for giving me the privilege to spend a few days with the lovely paintings from SCWS. If you were not chosen for an award in no way does it mean that you did not submit a good painting. It may speak to another judge differently than it does to me. Keep trying! The important idea is to enjoy the process and paint for you. I wish you much creative joy and happiness as you continue your art journeys!”

The awards were:

Work by Kathryn Morganelli

First Place – “Where Light Blooms in the Shadows” by Kathryn Morganelli

Second Place – “Waiting at Aunt Bee’s for My Take-Out Order” by Ron Malone

Third Place – “Light Reading” by Anne Hightower-Patterson

Honorable Mentions:
“Playground of Dolphins and Mermaids: by Helen Beacham
“Curuma: Death with Dignity” by Linda Warner Constantino
“Lily Dancing” by Rick Kawalewski
“On the Fence” by Karen Schaaf
“Losing Sight” by Lynn Schilling

View the entire 2019 Spring Digital Show at this link (

For further info contact Katie Koon, Executive Director SCWS by calling 803/269-9899 or by e-mail to (

Hickory’s Oktoberfest 2019 in Hickory, NC, Call for Artists to Participate – Deadline August 1, 2019

May 29, 2019

Hickory, NC’s Oktoberfest 2019 is now accepting applications for Arts and Crafts vendors. Celebrating its 34th year, this annual festival will be held October 11, 12, and 13, 2019 in Downtown Hickory NC. With estimated attendance of 100,000 for the three day event, the potential for sales is extremely high!

Hickory’s Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

Oktoberfest’s Juried Arts and Crafts show is a juried event, with prizes given for the top three artisans. The Arts & Crafts area includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles, jewelry, photography and more. Booth spaces are 10 x 10 and limited to one craftsperson per booth.

Registration will be accepted until August 1, 2019. Booth fees are $200.00 for all three days with electricity available for an additional $25.00. Applications and guidelines are available on line at (

Other vendors include commercial businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Applications for Commercial and Non-Profit vendors are available online at ( Food vendors are welcomed into the festival by invitation only. No food vendor applications are provided online.

For more information on Oktoberfest 2019, applications and guidelines or sponsorship information please call 828/322-1121 or visit the website ( and click on vendor applications or e-mail to (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Seeks Submissions for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2019” – Deadline is July 22, 2019

May 29, 2019

701 Center for Contemporary Art seeks submissions for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2019, the center’s fifth survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition will be held at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The 701 CCA SC Biennial 2019 will be presented in two parts with openings in September and November.

Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply. Artists must be a current resident of South Carolina.

An exhibition catalogue will be produced to document the exhibition.

Exhibition Dates
Biennial Part I, September 26 – November 3, 2019
Biennial Part II, November 13 – December 22, 2019

Selection Process:
A panel of three jurors representing local, regional and national perspectives will review submitted materials and select artists for the exhibition. A 701 CCA curatorial team will select works for the exhibition through studio visits or from submitted images. The jurors will be announced at a later date.

Submission Materials:
Submissions for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2019 should be made via Submittable (link below) and include the following:

Ten (10) images of available work produced in the last two years that is representative of what will be available for inclusion in the Biennial in case the artist is selected. Images should be in a jpeg format with a minimum size of 1024 wide x 768 high ppi (pixels per inch) at 300 dpi resolution and formatted for presentation on a PC-based platform. Image headers should be numbered 1 through 10 followed by the artist’s last name and title of the work.

Artists should also include in a text-based format (e.g. Microsoft word):

Checklist that lists title, date, medium and dimensions (H x W for 2-D work; H x W x D for 3-D) in this particular order
Brief statement about the work that addresses the artist’s intent (not to exceed 200 words)
Resume and biographical sketch, the latter of no more than 300 words, that includes the artist’s date and place of birth
$25.00 per artist. Revenues generated through entry fees will be used to offset the cost of producing a full color catalogue. Checks can be made payable to 701 CCA.
Submission Deadline:
All materials should be submitted by July 22, 2019, by 5pm.

Artists will be notified of the results of the selection process by August 6, 2019.

Call to Artists: May 15, 2019
Submission Deadline: July 22, 2019, by 5pm.
Jury Panel Meets: July 31 – August 2, 2019
Notification of Selections: August 6, 2019
Possible Studio Visits: Mid- to Late August, 2019
Opening Reception 701 CCA SC Biennial Part I: Thursday, September 26, 7-9pm
Opening Reception 701 CCA SC Biennial Part II: Wednesday, November 13, 7-9pm

Please submit further inquiries by e-mail to ( or call Hannah Shepard, Executive Director at 803/319-9949.

Click here to submit (

Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Call for Entries for the “12th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit” – Deadline June 1, 2019

May 17, 2019

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages who live, work or create in Pee Dee Region are invited to enter the Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library’s “12th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”.

To enter the contest, simply bring your photo(s) to Black Creek Arts Center or Hartsville Memorial Library between May 13 and June 1, 2019.

Three entries per person are allowed and the prices are: $15 for one entry, $25 for two and $30 for three. All pieces are to be show ready when submitted.


Carolinas – photos taken in North or South Carolina

Photographers 18 and Under – if you are 18 years of age or younger


My Big Back Yard

2019 Carolinas Submission Form click here: (

Important Information for Entrants click here: (

The photographer determines the category for each photograph entered, but HML and BCAC reserve to right change the category to ensure the quality of show presentation.

Images created via any form of photography will be accepted (i.e. shot on film, shot digitally, shot with cell phones, unaltered shots, digital manipulations, alternative processes, mixed media, montages, photograms, etc.), so long as part of the image is photographically created. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to enter.

My Feelings on ArtFields 2019

May 14, 2019

I’ve just posted my response to the 2019 ArtFields over at our blog Carolina Arts Unleashed ( People have been asking me what I think about ArtFields, even though I don’t go there anymore. I’m protesting their lack of transparency. It clear the folks at ArtFields don’t care what I think but others do and they keep bugging me about it. And, I don’t like it when ArtFields tries to claim things that are not true. We have enough of that going on in our country now. If you’re one of those folks who just has to know what I think – there it is. Now don’t bug me until next year. I’m work on our June issue.